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About Acupuncture

Conditions

Many conditions respond well to acupuncture care, because it assists the body in healing therefore improving pain and function. In our experience, acupuncture is helpful in addressing the following conditions:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Anxiety (learn more)
  • Breech Baby
  • Bursitis of hip
  • Bursitis of shoulder
  • Carpal Tunnel pain
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Ear ringing
  • Endometriosis
  • Fatigue
  • Fibroid
  • Foot cramps
  • Foot pain
  • Genital pain
  • Heel pain
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip pain
  • Hot Flashes
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Knee pain
  • Labor Induction
  • Leg pain
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Morning sickness
  • Muscle spasm
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck Pain
  • Painful periods
  • Painful pregnancy
  • PCOS
  • Pelvic pain
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Post-surgical pain and swelling
  • Reproductive health
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Spine pain
  • Tailbone pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Toe pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Urinary Urgency
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vaginal pain
  • Women’s health

Procedures

There are many styles and approaches to acupuncture.  All of them can be effective when practiced by an experienced and well trained practitioner.  In all of them, sterile, single-use, fine gauge disposable needles are inserted into discrete places on the body surface.  Location of needles depends on the style being used, and the problem being treated. Needles do not have to be place in the part of the body where the pain is located.

In our clinic we focus on Japanese acupuncture, which is gentle and effective.  We also use ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy, because it is fast and effective.  We integrate elements of Master Tung’s style, Korean acupuncture, TCM acupuncture, Five element acupuncture, meridian therapy, anatomical acupuncture, trigger point needling, motor point needling,  cupping, and bleeding – when appropriate.

Dry Needling

Yes, dry needling is acupuncture, and acupuncture is dry needling.

Both involve the insertion of acupuncture needles into the body for the alleviation of pain and restoration of proper function. However, Acupuncture is a more comprehensive form of treatment. The Dry Needling that is practiced by Physical Therapists only treats the problem with local methods. Acupuncture goes further, addressing the underlying configuration of the body which has resulted in the problem. Acupuncturists bring extensive understanding of the use of needles to improve health, far beyond what physical therapists do. In many states, Dry needling is beginning to be restricted to use by Licensed Acupuncturists only.

Results

Some conditions respond quickly with acupuncture, such as sprains and strains. Younger healthier people respond faster than older folks with more complex health problems. Some problems are more challenging to help, such as respiratory or dermatological conditions and chronic illnesses.  People on fewer medications do better with acupuncture, while people on many medications have a poorer response.

Please explore the Q&A page we’ve provided to learn more about the specifics of acupuncture.